Gary Glitter, the former British glam rocker who is serving a 16-year sentence for sexually abusing girls three decades ago, will not receive any royalties after his song “Rock and Roll (Part 2)” was played in “Joker,” according to the music label that owns the recording.
The song is used at a pivotal point in the film as Joaquin Phoenix, as the villainous title, dances down a staircase. The scene raised concerns that the singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, could win large sums of money.
“Joker” has been popular among moviegoers since its release on October 4, earning more than $ 500 million worldwide, including over $ 200 million in the United States, Box Office Mojo reported. The film, directed by Todd Phillips, also received the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 76th Venice International Film Festival in September.
“Rock and Roll (Part 2),” along with a string of other hits, brought Mr. Gadd to stardom in the 1970s. The song, which was written with Mike Leander, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States in 1972.
A representTative for Snapper Music, which is based in England, said the company has owned the primary rights to its music since 1997, adding that “he is not entitled to any royalties and that we have not paid him”.
In the United States, the song writing itself belongs to Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG, according to the Los Angeles Times. Universal represents Mr. Gadd and BMG represents Mr. Leander, died in 1996.
âGary Glitter‘s editorial interest in the copyright of his songs belongs to UMPG and others, so UMPG does not pay him any royalties or other consideration,â Universal told the Los Angeles Times in a statement.
Universal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr Gadd was convicted in England in 2015 of sexually assaulting three young girls on one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sex with a girl under 13 years of age. 1977 to 1980. He was sentenced to 16 years in jail, according to The Independent.
He was previously convicted in 1999 for possession of child pornography and served two months in prison. Years later, in Vietnam, Mr. Gadd was convicted of assaulting two underage girls. He was sentenced to three years in prison.